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Switzerland September 2016: Skoda Octavia reclaims YTD pole position

Skoda Octavia Switzerland September 2016Can the Skoda Octavia end 2016 in the Swiss top spot? 

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The Swiss new car market gains 8% year-on-year in September to 26.145 registrations, however the year-to-date tally is still down 3% to 232.183 units. Volkswagen remains master in command with 12.9% share and beats the market with a 24% year-on-year improvement. In fact, 8 of the Top 10 brands outpace the market in September: in order, Mercedes (+14%), BMW (+33%), Skoda (+20%), Opel (+12%), Ford (+19%), Renault (+24%) and Toyota (+24%). Notice also Seat (+28%), Kia (+71%), Mini (+55%), Tesla (+101%) and Jaguar (+101%) all posting robust to spectacular gains. At the other end of the scale, Citroen (-23%), Hyundai (-25%), Suzuki (-25%), Nissan (-32%) and Peugeot (-45%) all struggle.

vw-tiguan-seat-ateca-switzerland-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autobild-esThe VW Tiguan is up 257% to #2 while the Seat Ateca jumps to #37. 

Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia (+7%) reclaims the year-to-date pole position off the VW Golf (-34%) thanks to 1.003 sales this month vs. just 730 for the Golf down to #3. 2016 tallies add up to 8.670 (-10%) for the clavier vs. 8.460 (-24%) for the Golf. If the Octavia was to hold on to its advantage until the end of the year, this would have the effect of a large earthquake in Swiss car sales, as the Golf has held the title of best-selling car in Switzerland for the past 22 consecutive years. The last time the VW Golf did not end the year at #1 in Switzerland was in 1993 when the Opel Astra toped the charts… The new generation VW Tiguan, up 257% on the previous model to #2 overall in September may be partly responsible for this month’s paltry Golf performance.

renault-talisman-switzerland-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autobild-deFirst Top 100 ranking for the Renault Talisman in Switzerland. 

Other great gainers atop the models charts include the VW Polo (+53%), Mercedes C Class (+33%), Fiat 500 (+29%), VW Touran (+305%), Opel Mokka (+51%), Audi A3 (+58%), Ford Kuga (+79%), Mercedes GLC (+81%) and Toyota RAV4 (+211%). The Seat Ateca soars 83 spots on August to #37, the Tesla Model X is up 115 to #54, the Renault Talisman breaks into the Swiss Top 100 for the first time at #98, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is up 20 to #113, the Kia Niro lands directly at #118 and the Cadillac XT5 at #217.

Previous month: Switzerland August 2016: Golf and Octavia down, Tiguan up

One year ago: Switzerland September 2015: Peugeot 2008 soars to third place

Full September 2016 Top 45 All-brands and Top 335 All-models below.

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